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Allows Cameras? Yes (with permission)
Exceptions: None

Audio or Video Webcast? Yes
Media Guide Available? Yes
Allows Cell Phones to Record Video? No

Rule 12 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio requires judges to permit coverage of proceedings that are open to the public, subject to certain exceptions. Coverage of attorney-client conferences and any bench conferences is prohibited. In addition to these rules, local courts may impose additional obligations and requirements for extended coverage. At the trial level, coverage of objecting witnesses and victims is prohibited. The judge is also required to inform victims and witnesses of their right to object to coverage.

Requests for coverage must be submitted to the presiding judge, whose consent is required. Only one still photographer and one television camera are permitted in the courtroom, unless the judge grants permission to use additional cameras. Members of the meida cannot move from their assigned positions during court proceedings, except to leave or enter the coutrtoom. Pooling arrangements are made by the media outside of the courtroom. Failure to comply with Ohio rules could result in revocation of the ability to broadcast the trial or hearing.

The Ohio Supreme Court provides live video webcasts of oral arguments, with archives dating back to March 2004.

Links: Authority
Rule 12 of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio: Conditions for Broadcasting and Photographing Court Proceedings

Links: Other
Ohio Supreme Court: Media Information
Ohio Supreme Court Video Stream

Last edited: December 13, 2022